Spending time on the porch, deck or patio is a perfect way to enjoy your summer evenings. Making an outdoor space that’s functional and at the same time, fashionable is feasible. You might not immediately think of putting a rug on your patio – but it can really anchor a seating area and add a sense of coziness to the space. But you don’t want to use any old rug in an outdoor space, as that is why indoor-outdoor rugs exist. They are affordable, stylish, and durable rugs that are made to survive outdoor elements while adding some softness underfoot.
What are indoor-outdoor rugs?
Indoor-outdoor rugs are designed for use outdoors, as these rugs are more durable than the average rug and are built to withstand outdoor elements. Majority of indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials such as polyester and polypropylene. These materials are stain-resistant, easy to clean, durable, won’t fade from sunlight, and can handle heavy foot traffic. Many are mold and mildew-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about them getting soaked in a thunderstorm.
Natural fiber rugs can also be used as indoor-outdoor rugs. Jute, seagrass, and sisal are great choices for an open-air space, and they add lovely texture to any seating area. Like synthetic materials, these natural fibers are durable, with the added bonus that they’re made from sustainable materials. However, be aware that jute and sisal should only be used in a covered porch or patio, since these materials are susceptible to mold and mildew and be damage by exposure to too much moisture.
Can I use an outdoor rug inside?
Yes! You may be surprised to find that a rug you already have at home is actually an indoor-outdoor rug! While not all indoor rugs can be used outside, all outdoor rugs can be used indoors. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll typically want to use a rug pad with them indoors to add extra cushion underfoot. We have installed indoor-outdoor carpet material on stair runners, as well as for kitchen or bathroom area rugs. Why clients chose indoor-outdoor materials is because it is easy to clean, you can even hose them off outside!
This is an example of an indoor-outdoor rug installed on a stair runner:
Benefits of indoor-outdoor rugs?
There are so many uses for these versatile rugs. As they can be used outdoors and indoors that are many different areas where these rugs can fit!
- One main benefit is that it is easy to clean. When you have a house full of kids or pets, you often have to do a bit more than spot cleaning. To give your indoor-outdoor rug a more thorough clean, simply take it outside and hose it down with some mild soap and scrub it out with a brush. You can also simply shake them out or give them a quick vacuum. Some can even be thrown in the laundry machine!
- Another benefit of these indoor-outdoor rugs are that they are great for homes with kids and pets (or clumsy adults). This due to the fact they are easy to clean and are low maintenance. Spilled juice (or wine)? No problem. Just wipe it right off with some soap and a damp cloth. These rugs can act as a safeguard against spills, food crumbs, and pet accidents.
- Another benefit is that these rugs are great for high-traffic areas. As mentioned, indoor-outdoor rugs are very durable and made of materials that can handle high-traffic areas, as well as resisting moisture, stains, and fading. So, they’re perfect for use in the busiest areas of the home, like the entry or family room or even on stairs! They are even good for area of your home that can get damp, we’re talking about basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms!
Rug pads good for outdoor use?
Yes! You can use rug pads outside. Just consider finding a pad with a moisture barrier or one specifically designed for use outside since regular pads aren’t mold or mildew resistant like your indoor-outdoor rug! Depending on the company they will attach an outdoor rug pad to the area rug, which is also an option. Keep in mind that using rug pads outside may shorten the expected life of the item.
Tips for caring for your indoor-outdoor rugs
As mentioned, indoor-outdoor rugs are low-maintenance, however they do need a little TLC to keep them in tip-top shape. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind.
Must clean up spills immediately. As with any rug you don’t want to leave a spill sitting on a rug. If a liquid sits on it for too long it can create a mark or stain.
Clean regularly. Whether the indoor-outdoor rugs are inside or outside, you’ll want to vacuum or shake them out from time to time. This will help keep dirt from building up in the fibers, which can shorten the life of these rugs. You can even use a leaf blower for cleaning up dirt and debris when used outside!
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